What Angela Basset Wore to the Opera
This spring, scorching color is all around. At a party to celebrate the premiere of Terence Blanchard’s “Champion” at the Metropolitan Opera this month, attendees wore fiery orange, gold fringe and academy red pantsuits. Opening night festivities for the new opera, based on the life story of the former middleweight boxing champion Emile Griffith, drew Mayor Eric Adams, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Al Roker and Spike Lee, who wore purple.
Days later, at the New Museum’s Spring Gala, artists and philanthropists stood and sipped in the former ferry building that houses Cipriani South Street, wearing bright blues, greens and pinks, before moving onto beet salads and plates of sole. The dress code of electric sunset was inspired by one of the night’s honorees, the artist Judy Chicago, who will have an exhibit at the New Museum in October. The event, attended by the photographer Cindy Sherman, the designer Aurora James and the curator Antwaun Sargent, raised $2.5 million for the museum.
‘Champion’ at the Met Opera
I have been looking for a reason to wear this jumpsuit. I have only worn it once since I purchased it. I have a friend that works at the Met, and as soon as she invited me, I knew that I wanted to wear this. — Ravon Allen
Latonia [Moore] is one of my best friends, and every time I go to one of her premieres, I try to outdo everyone else, and it gets me invited. — Randall Woodruff
The New Museum Spring Gala
The top, my husband bought for me. I never tried it on, and it fit me perfectly. — Judy Chicago
I really wanted to wear this Simone Rocha dress that I wore a year ago at an opening I had uptown, and I just felt like it was maybe too over the top. I was ready to go for it, but I chickened out. — Cindy Sherman
I had this old schmatza, and I was like, it is such a boring color. And so I popped by the art supply store, grabbed a couple of cans of spray paint, and voilà. — Caledonia Curry
I’m from Oakland, California, and I grew up in a low-income area, so I pulled from styles that I saw there — people wearing different chains, grills — but I wanted to upscale it and make it sartorial and make it my own. — Ajai Kasim
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